DOUBLE FANTASY @ MUSEUM of LIVERPOOL

 

I’m going to keep this simple – Whether you’re a Lennon or Yoko fan (or both) Double Fantasy will be right up your street.

The exhibition contains some major iconic pieces. It’s beautifully curated/presented, flows well and gives you a good shot of the public view of John And Yoko’s relationship – with glimpses into their private life.

Stand Out Pieces – John’s New York t-shirt – that army shirt – the Bed – Yoko’s ladder – The center of the room has John’s round national health specs facing Yoko’s sunglasses – which as well as being iconic just represents them so well.

There’s lots of footage/interviews to be seen and a couple of really thought provoking pieces included a poster of the number of people killed since John was gunned down…

 

 

Large black and white maps of the world adorn the walls – were you are encouraged to colour in countries you think needs peace the most….

The weightier exhibits are balanced by the whimsical pieces displayed and the karaoke booth

where you can belt out you favourite songs…

 

 

The exhibition celebrates the meeting of two of the world’s most creative artists who expressed their deep and powerful love for one another through their art, music and film. They used their fame and influence to campaign for peace and human rights across the world, transforming not only their own lives, but art, music and activism forever.
 
The exhibition includes never-before-seen items from John and Yoko’s personal collection. Featuring photographs, handwritten lyrics and personal objects, alongside music, film and art produced by both John and Yoko.

 

Its an emotional journey, at times thought provoking, funny, touching, the themes of Love & Peace run throughout.

John & Yoko’s work is still as vital today, if not more so, in our ever decreasing ‘peaceful world’

 

Double Fantasy opens 18.5.18 @ Museum of Liverpool – Albert Dock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEAST – THE RESURRECTION

Hey…

We’ve decided to resurrect FEAST

Given the recent upsurge in healthy eating…Vegan & vegetarian in particular, we have brought back an old favourite SO…Expect, great recipes, honed from time well spent in the kitchen, cooking and scoffing delicious homemade food. Possibly washed down with some of the finest booze known to man…..(more on that later).

 

PROPERGANDER – GET INTO THIS – Liverpool Music Strategy reveals major flaws in Merseyside industry but reveals ambitious new plans

The latest PROPERGANDER points you in the direction of Get Into This who have been covering Liverpool’s music scene for over 10 years.

A new Liverpool music strategy is being formulated following consultancy in the city, Getintothis reports on the findings, the faults within Merseyside’s creative industry – and what’s happening next.

Liverpool City Council has brought together key music industry figures to shape a music strategy which makes the most of its UNESCO City of Music status.

External sector experts have used ground-breaking analysis to get an understanding of the scale and significance of the music sector, which includes live music events, production services, recording studios and music publishing – which generates more than £100m turnover annually.

BOP Consulting, a creative industry leader, has researched Liverpool’s music scene, and found that:

  • ·         There are approximately 341 music venues across the city region.
  • ·         The region’s music sector supports 2,360 jobs.
  • ·         There is a live music audience of 937,000 per annum – made up of 520,000 local visitors and the remainder from the rest of the UK and overseas.
  • ·         Live music is a significant part of the City Region’s music economy – live music accounts for 44% of music sector turnover in Liverpool, as opposed to an average of 23% for the UK.

They went on to make a number of recommendations which will be discussed at a special meeting hosted by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram, which is to take place in March.

 These recommendations include:

  • The creation of a Liverpool City of Music Board to develop an overview of the music industry and develop a strategy for investment and development.
  • The establishment a Liverpool Music Office which creates a single point of entry for the music sector, based on the successful Liverpool Film Office.
  • To engage with Apple Corps in a partnership relating to the heritage of The Beatles, including securing an agreement to use Beatles-related materials to optimise and build on the existing visitor offer in the city.

When analysing Liverpool, BOP found the city has a vibrant live music scene with extensive heritage, the low cost of business premises makes the city an attractive option and there is a strong music-related offer at city universities.

 

 

In terms of weaknesses, the research found:

  • The region is not seen as an industry hub.
  • Homegrown talent leaves for London.
  • Overall the music scene is fragmented with no leading sector voice.
  • A lack of diversity in programming
  • Significant commercial pressures on venues.

 

The ‘next steps’ meeting to look at the recommendations will coincide with the launch of UK Music’s “Wish You Were Here” report on the contribution of music tourism to the economy of Liverpool City Region which will take place in the near future.

Image courtesy of G.I.T - Crowd at LIMF

LIMF Crowds

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool’s rich music history is undeniable and draws millions of visitors to the city annually – whether it’s people experiencing our Fab Four attractions, taking in the enviable talent of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra or enjoying the gigs or music festivals which dominate our cultural calendar.

When it comes to other UK cities, we stand out, and our UNESCO City of Music title is an acknowledgement of that. However we want to make the most of this sector and get an accurate picture of today’s music scene and understand what we can put in place to ensure it reaches its potential.

This is the first time a report of this scale and detail has been undertaken, and working in partnership with creative experts is a significant step to achieving a city region-wide strategy which will invest and enhance all aspects of our music sector.

Working with Steve will ensure this infiltrates across Merseyside and together we can build on the incredible legacy already in place to ensure Liverpool, and the wider region, remains a key player in the music industry – nationally and internationally.

City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: We are generally very good at celebrating our musical heritage, but this is about recognising and exploiting the full potential of an important and flourishing economic sector. The city region continues to develop outstanding and innovative musical talent, but we have to develop the infrastructure that enables us to support our musicians, develop the sector and exploit its appeal to global visitors. 

It’s another area where we can grow our economy and build our international reputation by focusing on something where we have a unique and exceptional offer.

UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher said: “UK Music welcomes this report and the positive determination of Mayor Joe Anderson and Liverpool City Council to support the local music scene which brings so much enjoyment to so many people from the city and indeed from across the world, and one which makes a significant contribution to the Liverpool economy.

“Liverpool truly is a world music city and the findings of this report will help inform an important ongoing discussion about how the music industry in Liverpool and the wider City Region can best be protected, supported and strengthened in the future.

  • Read the full report here.
  • Read the full article over on GIT site HERE

UK LIVE MUSIC CENSUS 2017

The UK’s first ever national live music census took place in spring 2017: for 24 hours from noon on Thursday 9th March, an army of volunteers went out and about to live music events in Glasgow, Newcastle-Gateshead, Oxford, Leeds, Southampton and Brighton (and 1st June in Liverpool), from pub gigs to massed choirs to arena concerts. A nationwide online survey for musicians, venues, promoters and audiences was online from March until June.

The intention was to help measure live music’s cultural and economic value, discover what challenges the sector is facing and inform policy to help it flourish. The census covers all genres and takes a broad definition of live music to include events featuring DJs.

The UK Live Music Census was organised by researchers from the Live Music Exchange research group, a collaboration across the universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and the University of Turku (Finland). In 2015, the same researchers organised a pilot live music census in Edinburgh, inspired by work in Melbourne by Dobe Newton in 2012.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE – http://uklivemusiccensus.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/UK-Live-Music-Census-2017-executive-summary.pdf

Text above taken directly from http://uklivemusiccensus.org/ head over to read more and dig into the resources and links available.

JUNKY #8 NICK ELLIS

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This Saturday sees the release of Nick’s LP at the Scandinavian Church here in Liverpool. The album was recorded in one take in the old historic Crown Court Room of St George’s Hall, so your gonna get a similar acoustic in the church….a perfect spot for the launch show….

Tickets are extremely limited so please purchase in advance to avoid disappointment. Entry is £9 per ticket or £20 which includes ticket and a copy of the album on limited edition vinyl.

NICK ELLIS – ‘DAYLIGHT GHOSTS’ ALBUM LAUNCH – BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE

‘Daylight Ghosts’ will be available online through Mellowtone Records here on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl from a limited edition of 500 copies worldwide.

 

  1. Darker shade of black Jackie Mittoo- 3:14
  2. Since I found my baby The Metros 2:40
  3. Gangsters The Specials 2:55
  4. Mary Anne with the shaky hand (mono-version) The Who 2:35
  5. Sister Mamie Yusef Lateef 5:29

JUNKY #7 JOHN ROBB

For those of you who don’t know John Robb divides his time between being an Author, Singer/Bass player for the THE MEMBRANES, & GOLDBLADE, Chat show host – His new chat show  SOUNDCHECK launched last week, Website owner – LOUDER THAN WAR,  Columnist, Talking head,  Record label owner LOUDER THAN WAR RECORDS..the list goes on (I’m knackered just thinking about it).

The band have a remix of their INNER SPACE/OUTER SPACE LP coming out on LOUDER THAN WAR RECORDS 4/11/16 with tunes remixed by Reverend & the Makers, Killing Joke, the Manic Street Preachers and many more (check below the playlist for more info )

So hot on the heels from The MEMBRANES tearing the MAGNET a new one, we asked John to pick 5 tunes that are inspiring him right now, he’s given us a cracking playlist with a few tunes weighing in over 8 minutes…Let the Music play on.

 

  1. Jigsaw Feeling Siouxsie and the Banshees 4:38
  2. Die Interimsliebenden Neubauten 5:03
  3. Torn by the Fox of the Crescent Moon Earth 8:54
  4. Death is the Road to Awe Clint Mansell 8:27
  5. Spiegel Im Spiegel Arvo Part 9:09

SOUNDCLOUD ALBUM TRACKS LINK
‘Inner Space/Outer Space’ features remixes of whole of the Dark Matter/Dark Energy album by Mark Lanegan, Killing Joke,Clint Mansell, Manic Street Preachers, The Pop Group,Einsturzende Neubauten, Therapy, Cosey Fanni, Keith Levene, Reverend And The Makers, Godflesh and many others that stretch the songs into new shapes which the band loved as they never play the same song in the same way themselves.

membranios1. Manic Street Preachers ‘The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons Of Pure White Light’
2. Mark Lanegan ‘ Dark Energy’
3. Clint Mansell ‘The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons Of Pure White Light’
4. Godflesh ‘21st Century Man’
5. Keith Levene ‘Dark Matter’
6. Reverend And The Makers ‘Space Junk dub’
7. Phillip Boa ‘Do The Supernova’
8. Mark Stewart (the Pop Group) Space Junk
9. Youth (Killing Joke) Hail To The Lovers
10. Carter Tutti ‘In The Graveyard’
10. Therapy ‘Hail To The Lovers’
11. Die Fliedermaus ‘The Breathing Song’
12. Therapy ‘Hail To The Lovers’
13. Tunnelmental ‘Money Is Dust’
14. In The Nursey ‘5776 (The breathing Song)’
15. Inca Babies ‘In The Graveyard’
16. Barfak ‘Magic Eye (To See The Sky)’
17. Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten) ‘Hum Of The Universe’
The double album is about the universe and death and was a diverse work that ranged from dislocated post punk to drone rock to neo classical to dark dub and cranked agit funk. Many websites and magazines called it one of the albums of the year and so have many musicians. So many musicians that the band decided to ask some of them to remix a track each and a remix of the whole double album has been done.

JUNKY #6 LIQUIDATION – Freaks, Geeks and Cliques

LIQUIDATION returns this Saturday 17th September. Now in a new home at the newly refurbed basement of  HEEBIES

EBGBS promises to be a ‘Spectacular Inferno of Debauchery’….So what better place for LIQUIDATION to be housed.

Head over to BIDO LITO for a tasty scoop on the return:

The new look Liquidation night features live music (The Floormen and RongoRongo grace the opening night) and the usual party-starting dance floor fillers from the team which has supplied Liverpool with a reliably excellent club night for the last 23 years.’ – BIDO LITO

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE….

 

  1. Way We Wont GRANDADDY 4:21
  2. Foxglove HAARM 3:12
  3. Joan Of Arc Jamie T 3:34
  4. Murdered Out Kim Gordon 3:36
  5. Enjoy Yourself Prince Buster 3:05

JUNKY #5 JAMIE ROBERTS (WILD FRUIT ART COLLECTIVE)

JUNKY 5 courtesy of Mr Jamie Roberts whose new musical collective is adjusting mindsets nationwide.

WILD FRUIT ART COLLECTIVE are tearing a belligerent and feral pysch noise hole in the fabric of music as we know it.

 

Cheers for taking the time dude 😉

  1. hyperballad Bjork 4:00
  2. Standing in the cold Drenge 5:36
  3. Clay Echo & the Bunnymen 4:17
  4. -ecstasy- ICEAGE 2:30
  5. THE Whale Song Modest Mouse 6:05

JUNKY #4 ANDY VON PIP

This one is out a bit later than promised, but as the saying goes better late than never…I guess if I asked Andy again to send tunes over the 5 probably would’ve changed in the time that’s passed…

Nevertheless hes picked five boss songs. Apart from being a great music photographer and writer he also has the best put downs and on liners on Facebook…

Head over to his Website THEVPME.COM and check out his work….to pull a line from his write up on Festival No6 ‘ …been shat on by an incontinent Pterodactyl’ classic…..

Head over to his site – great pictures and poetic writing…Thanks for taking the time dude 😉

  1. angelic milk-Tie Me Up 3:16
  2. Hater - _First Time_ (Official video) 2:59
  3. Pink Flames - I'm Just A Star On A Democratic Flag 3:19
  4. YASSASSIN - Social Politics 4:05

https://soundcloud.com/l_u_n_g_s/seagulls

PROPERGANDER: THE MUSIC MANUAL – SKELETON COAST FESTIVAL

Our new feature PROPERGANDER throws the best of our favourite sites your way, its a slimmed down version so head over to the original site for more content…links to be found below…

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Under a psychedelic moon of fiery red rose a hallucinogenic idea, Skeleton Coast Festival, designed to bring the most mid-expanding, psychotropic trip to Merseyside’s bohemian music scene in well over a decade.

It’s very rare that Wirral is blessed with great music events – missing out to sisters and brothers across the Mersey, but, Coda Maine Presents are changing that, partnering up with Skeleton Key and Hoylake Beacon, the debut of Skeleton Coast Festival on Hoylake Parade on Saturday 6th August is set to go down in local folklore.

Boasting DJ sets from The Coral and Johnny Thieves, food, vinyl and clothes stalls, Skeleton Coast is appealing to the masses, adding more variety to the 16-act strong lineup.

Speaking to Coda’s main guy, Martin Moseley, he said: “It’s been in the pipeline for quite a while now.

“Both myself and Alfie (Skelly) being Wirral folk, we have spoken at length for a couple of years of how a small festival would go down in the area.”

The idea of Coda Maine Presents stemmed from Martin’s previous bar, venue and local holy grail, The Coda Maine – a venue that gave many local artists their chance to shine including Marvin Powell and Jo Mary. Since the sad closure of the venue, Martin conceived Coda Main Presents in an attempt to keep the music alive and now, the once small-time company has started venturing outside the peninsula, growing ever-so-more by the day.

In Martin’s opinion, the last festival to be of any note was 13 years ago, A Mid Summers Night Scream, New Brighton which included artists such as The Coral and The Libertines, so there’s certainly been a huge gaping hole in Wirral’s live calendar, leaving room for Skeleton Coast to grow.

Boasting artists such as She Drew The Gun, The Wicked Whispers, By The Sea and Edgar Summertyme Jones, Skeleton Coast’s line-up mirrors the successes of Merseyside: “We were a tad selfish when choosing the lineup, approaching all our favourite local acts to play.”
Other acts include: trippy youngsters Psycho Comedy, hotly tipped Minnetonka, our favourite singer-songwriter, Marvin Powell, GIT award nominees, Rongorongo, barmy Bathymetry, telephone loving Tom Low – breathe -, grunge rock fivesome, The Floormen, the mysterious Mysterines, crazy cats Buffalo Riot and cool kid, Rory Wynne.

With enough variety for everyone, there has been many a debate over what state the music scene is in Wirral, Martin said: “Merseyside has a fantastic scene, Wirral always seems to over-looked though… most Wirral acts always get labelled as hailing from Liverpool – which isn’t the case, we have The Coral, The Sundowners, She Drew The Gun, Bill Ryder Jones, By The Sea and young promising acts like The Mysterines and Jo Mary – the list is actually endless.”

Also throwing one of the UK’s biggest success stories of the underground, The Wytches to stir up the pot, the foreboding grunge sound will only compliment the local river song.
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As for any surprises, i’m sure goers will be in for a treat: “I was all for midget waiters but it was slightly over budget for us.” Martin told us.”The Birkenhead tranny is hotly tipped to join The Wytches on stage and I believe there will be a preview of the much anticipated seasonal album ‘Ian Skelly Does Christmas’ oh and Bob Picken will be playing in drag!” – Martin’s got it covered.

However, the team remain optimistic: “There’s been a really positive response and loads of interest from what i’ve heard, the only downside is that ticket sales for gigs ain’t what they used to be so locals need stand up and be counted.

“Even if ten people come we’ll still be doing something that’s not being done over here.”If you book them, they will come” Jim Morrison – Wayne’s World 2.”

Skeleton Coast is set to be the jamboree of the century, and who knows, when asked if it’ll be happening again next year, the reply: “Yes definitely if people get behind it, there’s a lot of potential for festivals on the Wirral with some amazing spaces so the scope for next year is huge!”

For more information visit the Skeleton Coast Festival event page. Tickets are £20 and can be found here

Words by Lauren Jones, EDITOR OF THE MUSIC MANUAL >>> ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED HERE